What I am about to READ
The Lord alone is able to save. Because of his mighty works of salvation for his people, one is to trust in him alone and not the rulers and princes of this world.
MARK and LEARN
The psalmist declares that he will praise the Lord as long as he lives, and especially will he praise him with singing (vs. 2). This includes the very psalm that he writes, which were meant to be sung or chanted. We in the Church use the psalms and also hymns to declare the works of God and to worship Him.
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation” writes the psalmist. All rulers rightly reign when their rule is in accord with the precepts of God, and should be feared always, and prayed for constantly. But as the psalmist remarks, he is not God, for ultimately he must die and “on that very day his plans perish.” God alone is salvation and no man can boast of that.
One’s faith and trust in God makes him blessed (vs. 5). No outward work can cause one to be blessed, but one’s trust in God justifies and thus makes him a receptor of God’s grace, thus, blessed.
In vss 7-9 we read of the groups of people that God looks after and helps in his great love and compassion. They include the oppressed, hungry, imprisoned, blind, and those who are bowed down. In Is 61:1-2 we read that the Messiah would execute justice for the poor and proclaim liberty to the captives, which Jesus fulfilled in reading that scroll at synagogue (Luke 4:17-21). Jesus would also feed the hungry, raise up the broken, heal the blind, and ultimately destroy the grip of sin on us by his suffering and death.
Do I trust in princes, in the sons of man? I am guilty of that. I look to rulers and men for my daily bread, for security and for consolation when things go awry in my life, in my country, and in your holy Church. But you alone are able to deliver us. Help me to trust alone in you, who is Lord of my life, my native land, and Lord of your Church. You are in control and you will deliver in your good time. Amen.
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